Vetch, Hairy – 2 lb


2 lb will broadcast over approximately 1,500 square feet

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Hairy vetch (Vicia villosa) is a winter-hardy legume cover crop that is commonly planted in agricultural fields. Here are some reasons why someone might choose to plant hairy vetch over other cover crops:

  1. Nitrogen fixation: Like other legumes, hairy vetch is able to fix atmospheric nitrogen through a symbiotic relationship with soil bacteria. This means that it can help reduce the need for synthetic nitrogen fertilizers, which can be expensive and have negative environmental impacts.
  2. Biomass production: Hairy vetch is known for its rapid growth and ability to produce large amounts of biomass. This can help improve soil health by adding organic matter to the soil and increasing soil fertility.
  3. Weed suppression: Hairy vetch has a dense growth habit that can help shade out weed seedlings and reduce weed pressure in the field. This can be particularly beneficial for organic or low-input farming systems where herbicides are not used.
  4. Erosion control: Hairy vetch has a fibrous root system that can help prevent soil erosion by holding soil in place and increasing soil stability.
  5. Pollinator habitat: Hairy vetch is a good source of nectar and pollen for bees and other pollinators, making it a beneficial addition to agroecosystems that rely on pollination.

Overall, hairy vetch is a versatile cover crop that can provide a range of benefits to farmers and the environment. Its ability to fix nitrogen, produce biomass, suppress weeds, control erosion, and support pollinators make it a popular choice for many farmers looking to improve the sustainability and productivity of their agroecosystems.

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Weight 2 lbs